Reporters tried to push back on the Texas senator’s interpretation of history.
Ted Cruz (R-TX), the senator who had a leading role in the government shutdown in 2013, told reporters Monday he has “consistently opposed shutdowns. In 2013, I said we shouldn’t shut the government.”
Cruz delivered his alternative history during a media scrum Monday afternoon, as senators reached a deal to reopen the government.
“They’re angry,” Cruz said. “They hate the president, and they’re demanding of Senate Democrats: oppose everything, resist everything, shut everything down.”
MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt quickly pointed out that this sounded a little ironic coming from Cruz. Antics such as reading Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” during a marathon filibuster quickly made him the mascot of the 2013 shutdown.
“This sounds pretty familiar,” Hunt asked him. “Didn’t you say all this back when it happened to you?”
“Now, I recognize this is a media narrative that you love to tell,” Cruz said, “but it’s worth noting in 2013—”
“Green Eggs and Ham?” Hunt interjected.
“In 2013,” Cruz continued, ignoring the question. “I voted repeatedly to fund the government, and in 2013 it was Harry Reid and the Democrats who voted to ‘no’, who vote to shut the government down just like this week.”
Hunt and other reporters continued to challenge Cruz. But the Texas senator did not relent. “We should not be shutting the government down. I have consistently opposed shutdowns, in 2013, I said we shouldn’t shut the government down. Indeed, I went to the Senate floor repeatedly asking unanimous consent to re-open the government.”
“You stood in the way of that,” Hunt pointed out, again.
“That’s factually incorrect,” Cruz said, insisting again that this was just “a wonderful media narrative.”
Ted Cruz pretending he didn’t shut down the government in 2013 is Read More Here